The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Lobster, Caribbean Spiny – Bahamas These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Caribbean Spiny Lobsters grow fast, are highly fecund (very fertile), and can live up to 20 years.

In the Bahamas, the Caribbean Spiny Lobster population is stable. Fishing occurs with traps and by diving with the use of casitas (shelters) and/or SCUBA gear. The fishing methods are highly selective, resulting in minimal catches of non-target species.

There are concerns with the management of this fishery, particularly the monitoring of the catch and enforcement of regulations.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.

This fish may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in lobster. Check out our mercury in seafood section.